Rating: R (for language and sexual situations)
Disclaimer: I own nothing. Joss owns all.
Dedication: This story is dedicated to all my Spuffy friends from long ago who read all the old fanfic just like me. And a very special thank you to eyesthatslay who is reading all the chapters as I write them and has been encouraging me to keep on going with the tale. *big squishy hugs* The banner you made for the story is absolutely gorgeous!!
Characters: Angel, Anya, Buffy, Cordelia, D'Hoffryn, Giles, Harmony, Joyce, Lorne, Maggie Walsh, Original Characters, Riley Finn, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fighting, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations, Torture (Physical), Violence
Challenges: Anything you want!
Completed: Yes Chapters: 41
Word count: 107,695 Hit Count: 55,059 ePub Downloads: 554
Published: May 29, 2017 Updated: September 19, 2017
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Author’s Note: This fic was inspired by several of the challenges in the challenge section of Elysian Fields, but it fits none of them perfectly. It actually fits DeamonQueen's; I had bookmarked a few different Angel fixes things challenges, and when I went back to look, I realized it fit this one! (Started this back in March 2017, but it’s been on the back burner to Seasonal Spuffy and Finding the Way Home.) As I tried to think of a title for this fic, all I could think about was taking chances and so I did a Google search and this song sung by Celine Dion popped up. I was unable to find a beta, so this fic is unbetaed. Sorry in advance for any mistakes.
Okay, this plot fast forwards a lot of stuff in the BtVS series as you shall see...little bits here and there. I'm posting chapters as I write new ones, and I'm up through chapter nine with a few interludes, so new chapter here!
5. Interlude, An Unforeseen Consequence and An Admission by sandy_s - Likes: 22 Comments: 12 Word Count: 788 Hit Count: 1,482 Published: June 06, 2017
There will occasionally be a mini-interlude. I haven't written Angel and Cordy much, but I'm actually enjoying them. Cordelia is so freeing!
6. Chapter Four, A Momentary Climb in the Right Direction by sandy_s - Likes: 20 Comments: 10 Word Count: 3,039 Hit Count: 1,569 Published: June 07, 2017
This is an important chapter... and so much fun to write. Hope you enjoy.
And y'all! Look at the beautiful banner that eyesthatslay made for this story. (You can see the big version in the first chapter...)
11. Chapter Eight, An Escape and A Light in the Darkness by sandy_s - Likes: 21 Comments: 11 Word Count: 2,814 Hit Count: 1,539 Published: June 16, 2017
13. Chapter Nine, The Discovery of an Unforeseen Similarity by sandy_s - Likes: 22 Comments: 10 Word Count: 2,455 Hit Count: 1,165 Published: June 19, 2017
Thank you for the lovely reviews for the last Interlude...I'll reply soon, but I wanted to post because husband and baby and I are about to go run errands.
There's the tiniest little homage to Gort and Sunalso's "Where Have All the Wings Gone?" in this chapter with permission from Sunalso. And it's fitting that it's in this chapter.
Huge thank you to Ceruleansoul who will now be beta-reading this fic! She is so sweet to take it on, and I really appreciate the help! She's already caught typos and had me enhance a couple of things.
Just as a preface, I very, very rarely dislike a client. In general, I consider human beings as people who have good intentions and I can usually find a redeeming quality in anyone I work with. This does not mean, that on occasion, I don't have a strong aversion to wanting to do therapy with someone. So, for this chapter, I channeled my annoyance...and hahah...a lot of Spike's reactions are my own (in Spike speak, of course). Buffy is easier to make therapist-like, and Anya is an easier client. (Sorry for the long intro note...but I couldn't resist.)
21. Chapter Fifteen, An Essential Conversation and An Arrival by sandy_s - Likes: 20 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,308 Hit Count: 1,118 Published: July 12, 2017
Thank you so much to Ceruleansoul for the lovely beta job and constructive criticism.
Thank you so much for the beta help, Ceruleansoul! *hugs* :D Apologies in advance for the wrench in the peace...
Lots of thanks to Ceruleansoul for the beta help!
An interlude and chapter today...
26. Chapter Eighteen, An Unexpected Turn of Events, Part Two by sandy_s - Likes: 21 Comments: 15 Word Count: 4,180 Hit Count: 1,001 Published: July 29, 2017
An interlude and chapter today...
AUTHOR'S WARNING: Torture implied in this chapter. I originally tried to write Maggie Walsh and Spike's scene and got about one page in and couldn't stomach it, so only implication, no showing.
HUGE THANK YOU to Ceruleansoul for her beta help and discussion of the events coming...I was so nervous about this section of the fic.
Thank you to Ceruleansoul for the beta help and for tweaking that one paragraph in particular and making it so much better!
This is a long chapter... Thanks to Ceruleansoul for the beta and for making me think about the way I word things!
Just an interlude to go with yesterday's chapter...
New chapter and short short interlude today! Thank you, Ceruleansoul for your help!
Thank you so much to Ceruleansoul for the lovely beta on the chapter and interlude I posted today (8/13)! Super huge thank you to Synefred for this wonderful song suggestion! (I totally downloaded it and have been dancing around to it any chance I get!)
Lots of thanks to Ceruleansoul for the beta help! You are amazing!
And Sunalso, please let me know if I need to tweak something from a nursing perspective...it's just a little part. *hopes it's not too mucked up*
Special thank you to Ceruleansoul for betaing!
Nervous about this chapter...
Thanks to Ceruleansoul for the beta help!
And I owe replies to your generous reviews for the last chapter, but my focus has been all over the place with the storm. I promise I'll get to them soon...
36. Chapter Twenty-Four, Times, They Are A Changin’ in a Good Way by sandy_s - Likes: 22 Comments: 12 Word Count: 4,286 Hit Count: 924 Published: September 04, 2017
Unbetaed so sorry for any mistakes... Again, sorry for the delay...this has been written for a while, but my brain has been distracted with the weather and I haven't read over it until today. Two more chapters and a couple of more parts after this and it's done. It's already written. It'll just be a matter of getting it looked over!
And again in this chapter, a little homage to Sunalso and Gort's chicken wing fic. :D
Unbetaed...errors may abound... I'll try to polish up the last few chapters soon!
Unbetaed again... but I did set it aside for a while and then read over it. Sorry for any typos.
Last chapter before epilogue-y stuff... Unbetaed so errors are all me. Thanks for all the reviews from last chapter! I will reply soon... chasing baby today because I took a sick day but it will be soon. Promise!
Unbetaed so errors are all me... Hope you enjoy this epilogue! I'm sorta feeling sad that this is the end, but there is one more interlude following this chapter... Thank you so much for all the kind words and for reading my little tale that I thought would be four or five chapters and ended up being the longest fic I've ever written.
This is it...the last chapter. I'm so sad! But I'm also happy...I love this little fic.
And thank you so much to all of you who read it and liked chapters and/or left reviews. I truly appreciate all the love you gave the story! It was fun to write...and a challenge.
(And I never ever thought I'd write a re-write of the season four Initiative arc...always thought it would be too hard. Ah well, that went out the window...)
Thanks to Ceruleansoul for betaing a good chunk of the middle of this fic! And a huge thanks to eyesthatslay for encouraging me to keep writing it in the first place (and for the beautiful banner)!